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Immigration Advocates Praise de Blasio's Proposal for Municipal ID Program

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Immigration advocates are praising Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal for a municipal ID program.

In his State of the City address, de Blasio said that the city would make ID cards available to all New Yorkers.

That includes people who usually can't get other forms of identification, like the homeless and undocumented immigrants.

On Tuesday, the Center for Popular Democracy released a report analyzing similar programs in other cities.

Advocates say that the program could be a big help to vulnerable populations.

"Without this ID, it can be difficult to register to a child for school. It can be difficult to open a bank account. It can be difficult to even exercise your right to vote, to file a complaint with the police department," said Brittny Saunders of the Center for Popular Democracy.

"We also want to make sure that this card is available to multiple constituencies in this city," said City Councilman Carlos Menchaca of Brooklyn. "There's so many constituencies in this city that can benefit from this card, so we want to make sure that we know all those so we design the best cards that everyone has it."

Menchaca, who is the immigration chair for the City Council, also said that the Council plans to hold hearings in the next month about the best way to design the program.

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